This last week has been an important one for me. Last week I celebrated my 1 year anniversary at CrossFit 701. It was a great opportunity to look at how far I’ve come, and what my goals are for year 2. But first, check out this simple infograph I made comparing my lifts from the beginning to now:
Heads up! I’ve completely revamped this blueberry protein muffin recipe, and I now have a totally paleo version available here!
I’ll admit, this recipe is a little more primal than paleo due to the protein powder. I use high quality, crap-free protein powder (SFH – Stronger Faster Healthier) that is made from grass fed whey as an occasional supplement for CrossFit. Whey is technically derived from dairy, so it’s not strict paleo. However, it doesn’t bother my stomach and it’s fantastic, quick fuel for my workouts. If you aren’t using protein powder, just add a couple more tablespoons of coconut flour or tapioca flour and you should be good. (As a note, I’ve never tried them that way before, so I don’t know if it works).
I like smiling. Smiling is great.
Life has been great. I’m still unsatisfied with my job and looking for something new, but there’s not much I can complain about (except for the ever-growing stack of dishes in my sink). It’s just great when you can take a look at your life and really feel like you’re on the right path. I can look at myself in the mirror and smile, and not feel like I’m forcing a smile. I certainly don’t have everything figured out yet. But dang, what I do have is pretty good.
Okay, enough of that. On to the recipe!
Life in general has been pretty stressful for me lately. I work an overnight shift, which is hard enough on me, but when you add desperately looking for a new job that pays well enough and is in my field to the mix, stress is like the sun invading my room when I’m trying to fall asleep after coming home from work at 6am – ever present and impossible to block out.
I was offered a job on the spot in an interview the other day, but unfortunately the starting wage is much lower than I’m willing to compromise for, and with my application in at another job I’m dying to get, I’ve decided to suck it up and deal with overnights a little longer.
But still, stress, dude.
And when I get stressed, I bake.
I am the first to say that I am a more creative baker than a cook. I don’t understand a lot of cooking “principles”. I just make shit up as I go. I often make honey mustard salmon, and one night I thought “why not throw some coconut butter on that baby, too?” So I did.